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Epic Alpacas

Legendary Genetics and Modern Science Coming Together to Create Something Epic

Steve & Casey Aitchison
5273 Hornitos RoadCatheys Valley, CA 95306
209-769-1358
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Fiber/Scientific Data

2006 Micron Count: AFD 18.5; SD 3.2;CV only 17.6 & >30 only 0.4
2007 Micron Count: AFD 18.7; SD 3.6; CV 19.3; & >30=0.6

The Legendary Enlightenment

Snowmass Enlightenment

Huacaya, Male, Proven | Medium Rose Grey

ARI# 1238747   D.O.B. 12/1/2004 (13 yrs)

Sire:
Snowmass XXXtreme 

28x Champ, 2X Futurity Herdsire of the Year

Snowmass XXXtreme

Huacaya, Male, Proven, Medium Brown, 7/8 Peruvian, 1/8 Chilean
ARI# 830287 | DOB: 10/8/2001
Snowmass XXXtreme is one of the most PREPOTENT colored studs to grace the Alpaca breeding world. XXXtreme's progeny are nothing short of spectacular as exemplified in their unbelievable 28 CHAMPIONSHIPS and 120 top 3 three placements in just three years!

Julie Skinner said: "His genetic potential is proven in excellence, and after 25 years of selective breeding for the Perfect Color-Producing Alpaca, we are proud to say this is the closest we have come. This stud is exactly what the World A...
| ARI# 830287  | Medium Brown 

Dam:
Snowmass Silver Star 
| ARI# 830286  | Medium Silver Grey  |

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Description

The legendary grey herdsire, Snowmass Enlightenment, is bringing his power packed genetics to the West Coast!

"Enlightenment is the most significant grey stud we've ever produced."
-- Snowmass Alpacas

"Best male in the show. This stunning male combines perfect conformation and magnificent fleece. He is the 'Total Package'."
-- Kentucky Classic Judge

"If you could put all the best performing, most unique blend of genetics into one stud for the most advanced color breeding program...that is exactly what Snowmass did and the result is nothing short of magnificent!"
-- Prior Owner

"If we could have a Royal grey line of alpacas, Enlightenment is what it would take to get us there!"
-- Julie Skinner

His selling at the 2009 Futurity Auction by Snowmass was "...a true commitment to keep him in the breeding pool of Elite grey males in the USA as [we] slowly move out of breeding for grey."
-- Snowmass Alpacas

Snowmass Enlightenment, a multi-champion, is the product of generations of superior genetic development. Follow up his line to his multi-champion sire and 2X Futurity Herdsire of the Year, Snowmass XXXtreme, who was sired by multi-champion Snowmass Royal Rose, who was in turn sired by the incomparable Peruvian Hemingway. And lest we forget his dam, Snowmass Silver Star, sired by Snowmass Casanova, who was sired by Peruvian Bueno, brings rich grey and color genetics herself.

In 2009, Enlightenment won the AOBA Reserve Color Championship at 54 months just after taking a Championship at the Kentucky Classic Show. He was the highest selling alpaca at the 2009 Futurity Auction, taking in over double the price of the next closest male.

Enlightenment has produced a multitude of champion offspring in all colors, starting with his 2nd cria, Snowmass Enlightened - a rose grey 12X Champion who has gone on to be a great herdsire in his own right. A female cria, KBA Enlightened, went on to win 10 Championships and produce the top selling grey at the 2015 Parade of Champions Auction (for $47,500). He's produced champion offspring in every year since he started breeding (see photos to right). Some recent shows/sales for his offspring:

-- 2013 MAPACA Jubilee - 2 of the 6 Judge's Choice entries were Enlightenment offspring
-- 2014 AOA National Auction - an Enlightenment female was 4th highest seller and won a championship at the show (to go along with her 4 other banners)
-- 2015 Parade of Champions Auction - an Enlightenment grandson was the highest selling full-interest alpaca

This herdsire is one of the few grey males to come on the scene and make everyone's head turn. He's that good. Contact us for your opportunity to make Enlightenment's incredible genetics work to improve your color/grey program. Enlightenment is co-owned by Epic Alpacas, Morning Beckons, and Providence Alpacas. His cria are now hitting the ground at Epic Alpacas and the fleeces are spectacular: fine, bright, dense and tons of crimp! We love this guy!

Awards

2009 AOBA National Alpaca Show Halter Full Fleece Huacaya Grey Male Reserve Color Champion
2009 Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show Halter Full Fleece Huacaya Grey Male Color Champion
2007 Alpaca Western Extravaganza Fleece Huacaya Grey Color Champion
2009 AOBA National Alpaca Show Halter Full Fleece Huacaya Classic Grey Male
2009 Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show Halter Full Fleece Huacaya Grey Male
2008 International Alpaca Odyssey
2008 AOBA National Alpaca Show Fleece Huacaya Rose Grey Male
2007 Alpaca Western Extravaganza Fleece Huacaya Grey Male
2007 International Alpaca Odyssey Fleece
2005 Northwest Alpaca Showcase Halter Full Fleece Huacaya Grey Male
2009 Buckeye Alpaca Show Halter Full Fleece Huacaya Grey Male
2007 AOBA National Alpaca Show Fleece Huacaya Rose Grey Male
2008 AOBA National Halter Show Full Fleece Rose Grey Male Huacaya

Offspring

Challenger x Enlightenment!
ARI# 35271611   D.O.B. 2/2/2017  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Male| Medium Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Alpaca Knights Argentina

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

6th generation grey!
ARI# 35271628   D.O.B. 2/11/2017  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Male| Medium Rose Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: MAJR Bellagio
Helmut is a broadly built male with a very soft and dense rose grey fleece, just like his amazing sire, Snowmass Enlightenment. He has an easy-going d...

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Snowmass Enlightenment x Vantaggio!
ARI# 0   D.O.B. 9/22/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Male| Medium Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: LV Black Ruby by Vantaggio

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Snowmass Enlightenment x Kiernan!
ARI# 35271505   D.O.B. 9/23/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| Light Fawn, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Alpaca Reserve Bijou
Bonnie Bright lives up to her name in every way - with her fleece and her wonderful personality! She has brightness in spades, coupled with fineness, ...

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Gorgeous Jet Black!
ARI# 35271727   D.O.B. 9/15/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| True Black, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Heatherbrook's Cutie Pea

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

Avatar x Enlightenment genetics!
D.O.B. 12/4/2016  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Male| Medium Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: BigCountry's Ivy

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Strong grey genetics!
ARI# 35271352   D.O.B. 12/8/2016  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Fawn, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: MHAR Sabina
At just shy of a year old, Cinnamon Sun showed good size for her age. She has a very long staple growth and has great coverage all over. She has a bol...

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

7th generation grey!
ARI# 35271321   D.O.B. 9/7/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| Dark Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Estates Blue Cameo

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6th generation grey!
ARI# 35271437   D.O.B. 12/19/2016  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Male| Medium Rose Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Toe Tappan Chloe

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Beautiful Enlightenment Daughter!
D.O.B. 2/6/2018  (Under 1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| Light Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Misty's Colette
Coruscant (Corey) is a beautiful daughter of legendary herdsire, Snowmass Enlightenment, and our excellent production dam, Misty's Colette. She has ev...

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D.O.B. 10/20/2017  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: PC Corazon 165

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

5th Generation Grey!
ARI# 35197270   D.O.B. 9/15/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Male| Light Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Epic Alpacas Daenerys

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Strong grey genetics!
ARI# 35271543   D.O.B. 12/4/2016  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Brown, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Gracie of BigCountry
Glimmer is a sweet female who boasts very fine, soft, bright brown fiber. She has a bright, cheery personality and will make a fine addition to any gr...

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5th Generation Grey!
ARI# 35271819   D.O.B. 9/24/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Rose Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Ore Hill Felice

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From two Multi Champ Grey Parents!
ARI# 35271512   D.O.B. 11/27/2016  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| True Black, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: BRF Casanova's Silver Jewel

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

4th Generation Grey!
ARI# 35244110   D.O.B. 9/10/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Male| Light Rose Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Midnights Mys-Tic

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Strong grey genetics!
ARI# 35271659   D.O.B. 1/18/2017  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| Beige, Light Fawn, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Sonshine Alpaca's Madeira
Moonlight is a lovely, well-built female sired by the legendary Snowmass Enlightenment. She showed very well in Spring of 2018, with comments from th...

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

4th Generation Grey!
D.O.B. 9/12/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Male| Medium Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: MHAR Ruidoso's Onyx Jewel

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Strong grey genetics!
ARI# 35271680   D.O.B. 2/28/2017  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Brown, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Starshire's Lileigh

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

D.O.B. 11/4/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Male| Medium Rose Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: B&B Sahara
Schroedinger is a great male with soft, bundly, bright rose grey fleece. He has the most wonderful, gentle personality and coolest raccoon eyes to boo...

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7th generation grey!
ARI# 35271673   D.O.B. 2/7/2017  (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Silver Grey, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Honey's Rose

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Strong grey genetics!
ARI# 35271529   D.O.B. 9/13/2016  (2 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Brown, Unproven
Sire: Snowmass Enlightenment
Dam: Gemini Star Talitha
Terra is a wonderful, well-built female with rich, abundant brown fiber. She has fineness, a good staple length, and is very soft. Just like her dam a...

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Updated 4/2/2017